Risk Factors of Leukemia

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Down syndrome
Some diseases caused by abnormal chromosomes may increase the risk of leukemia.
Human T-cell leukemia virus-I
This virus causes a rare type of chronic lymphocytic leukemia known as human T-cell leukemia.
Myelodysplastic syndrome
People with this blood disease are at increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia.
Risk Factors of Leukemia
Cancer patients treated with certain cancer-fighting drugs sometimes later develop leukemia.
Working with certain chemicals
Exposure to high levels of benzene in the workplace can cause leukemia.
Very high levels of radiation
People exposed to very high levels of radiation are much more likely than others to develop leukemia.
Source: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. www.cancer.gov